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French onion soup, although a classic of French cuisine, is actually quite easy to make.  Taken from our Nordstrom Friends and Family Cookbook, this savory soup recipe is a delicious staple for Fall.

French Onion Soup

Bistro French Onion Soup

{Serves 6}

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 yellow onions, halved crosswise and thinly sliced

1 leek, white and green part only, thinly sliced

8 cups canned low-sodium beef broth

1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

12 baguette slices, each 1/2 inch thick, toasted

4 cups (1 pound) shredded Gruyere cheese

1 teaspoon snipped fresh chives

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


In a 6 to 8-quart saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the garlic and saute, stirring frequently until tan, about 1 minute.  Add the onions and leek, and cook stirring frequently, until very soft and lightly caramelized, about 30 minutes.  Add broth, bring to simmer for 15 minutes.  Add Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Simmer for 10 minutes longer.

While the soup is simmering, position rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F.

Ladle the soup into individual ovenproof crocks.  Place 2 baguette slices on top of the soup in each crock.  Mound cheese evenly among the soups, covering the bread slices completely.  Place the crocks on a sturdy, rimmed baking sheet.  Bake soups until the cheese is lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes.

Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow crocks to cool for a few minutes before serving.  Garnish each serving with chives.


About the photographer: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist or see more of her photography here.

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